Over 26 ex and current employees of the Maverick County Sheriff Department were represented in federal court this past week after mediation attempts to come to an agreement failed . The lawsuit in question was filed in 2014 where the plaintiffs allege that they were not paid overtime hours that they worked and up to now are owed.
Going on 3 years and counting both parties met in San Antonio, Texas for mediation on Friday September 8,2017 but were not able to come to any terms and returned back to the courtroom in front of Honorable United States District Judge Alia Moses.
The hearing went on from Monday September 25 and ended on Thursday the 28th.
Judge Moses is expected to make a ruling during the month of November on this case. The plaintiffs seek more than $ 2 million dollars in compensation plus attorney fees. While the county argue that the compensation being sought is not the correct amount and the plaintiffs are not owed such high amounts.
Ex- employees Daniel Cruz and Armando Sanchez filed a lawsuit against Maverick County and the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for non-payment of overtime hours worked at the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department on August 1, 2014. Later on other ex employees and employees adjoined the lawsuit claiming the same violation against them as well. This lawsuit claims that that the plaintiffs and other employees did not receive overtime compensation accumulated throughout their employment at the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department.“The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department’s policy and practice is to deny earned wages and overtime pay to employees. Defendants’ deliberate failure to pay employees their earned wages and overtime compensation violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.” alleges the lawsuit.